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ALPINE AND VIEJAS FIRE DEPTS. RECEIVE PETA AWARD FOR RESCUING DOG STUCK IN BOULDER

 
 
September 30, 2011 (Alpine) — Last week, rescue crews were dispatched from the Alpine Fire Protection District in eastern San Diego County after a young dog who had been walking on top of a boulder fell 15 feet into a narrow crevasse and became stuck. Alpine Fire Engine 17 "B" Division responded to the scene, aided by the Viejas Fire Department.
 

LUCKY DOG: FIREFIGHTERS SAVE FALLEN ANIMAL IN DRAMATIC ALPINE RESCUE

 

 

 

Photos by Captain Brian Boggeln

 

 

 

 

September 22, 2011 (Alpine) – A dog that fell and became wedged inside a rocky, 15-foot deep crevasse in the 2600 block of Big Wheel Way is free and in good health, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Alpine firefighters. 

GOVERNOR AWARDS MEDAL OF VALOR TO DEPUTIES WHO SAVED ROCK CLIMBERS DURING MONTE FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 19, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore has announced that Deputies Scott Bligh and Gary Kneeshaw were awarded the 2010 Governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.  

 

The deputies received the state's highest honor for their heroic actions on August 21, 2010 to save two rock climbers trapped on the face of El Cajon (El Capitan) Mountain in Lakeside during the fast-moving Monte Fire.

ROTARY’S LA BELLA VIDA WINE & FOOD FEST OCT. 8 BENEFITS WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN & COMMUNITY

 
September 18, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)—The Rancho San Diego/Spring Valley Rotary Club hosts its fourth annual fundraising event, La Bella Vida Wine and Food Fest on Saturday, October 8  from 5-8:30 p.m. 
 

SANTEE COUPLE TO WALK 50 MILES IN 3 DAYS TO RAISE MONEY FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS


September 18, 2011 (Santee)--Mike Belk works in Santee as a dispatcher at Gold Coast Flood Restoration. On the weekends, he enjoys relaxing and hanging out with friends. However, over the 
weekend of Sept. 23 to 25, the 26-year-old will be among about 300 people walking 50 miles in three days in the Southern California Challenge Walk MS, a fundraiser to raise research dollars for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
 

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER STAFF MEMBER SCOTT GORDON TO RELEASE HIS CD AT ALLEY CAT ART FEST

 

September 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- David Scott Gordon takes center stage at El Cajon's 6th Annual Alley Cat Art Fest on October 14 to perform songs from his new debut EP, Believin' in Love. It will be the culmination of an amazing journey that the 40-year old former addict would have believed impossible just a few years ago.
  
Gordon, who goes by "Scott," finally reached rock bottom in January of 2003, when he found himself physically, emotionally, and spiritually broken. He had failed at two alcohol rehabilitation attempts, and had been admitted twice to an Upstate New York psychiatric hospital. He was even homeless for a period of time.
 
 

KIDS GIVE LOCAL HEROES SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT

 
By Deanna Stevens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 17, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)--On 9/11, Steele Canyon Youth Football and Cheer continued their tradition of giving back.  Twenty-six football players and cheerleaders visited four fire stations in the community to deliver special treats and thank the fire fighter's and EMT's for their service, calling them, "Our heroes down the street". 
 
 
 
 
  

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS MATCHING FUNDS TO POLISH UP ITS HISTORIC HOME FOR CITY’S CENTENNIAL

 

New hours of operation also announced

  
 
 
 
September 7, 2011 (La Mesa–To get ready for the La Mesa City 100th anniversary year, the La Mesa Historical Society is raising matching funds for building maintenance and beautification. The Society is also changing the hours the museum will be available for tours. 
 
 
 

PATRIOT FLAG VISITS RANCHO SAN DIEGO EN ROUTE TO 9/11 TRIBUTE IN NEW YORK


“When the flag came down dozens of people volunteered to help catch and fold it. Some were moved to tears.” – Leonard Villareal, San Miguel Fire Department

September 7, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)--On September 11, 2011 the 30 x 56 foot Patriot Flag will fly in New York as a tribute to the Armed Forces, first responders, second responders, families of the 9/11 victims and those who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil ten years ago.

 

Yesterday, the 75-pound flag flew over Rancho San Diego, ending a 223,000 mile trek across the United States. The Patriot Flag flew in 50 states in 50 weeks, and was displayed 225 times.

WHITE HOUSE TO HONOR NASCAR CHAMPION JIMMIE JOHNSON

September 3, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama will honor East County’s hometown hero, Jimmie Johnson, in a ceremony at the White House next Wednesday.

 

Johnson will be honored not only for his record fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, but also for the efforts of Johnson and NASCAR to “give back to their community,” according to a White House press release.

FUND ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY OF OFFICER CHRISTOPHER BLAKELY

 

 August 31, 2011 ( San Diego) – The San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA) is grieving the loss of Officer Christopher Blakeley, who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident on Aug. 24.

 

“We are once again mourning the loss of one of our own,” said Brian R. Marvel, President of the San Diego Police Officers Association. “Officer Blakeley’s tragic death is a loss to the Department, and we will deeply miss our friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

JULIAN WOMAN'S CLUB CELEBRATES 85TH ANNIVERSARY SEPTEMBER 7

  

Scholarship Luncheon to Benefit Julian High School Grads
 
 
 
August 28, 2011 (Julian) – The women of Julian have a long and proud history of community service dating to 1926, when Ada Hildreth gathered some of her friends and neighbors to form the Julian Woman’s Club, a chapter of the national Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs. 

THE “BEAR” NECESSITIES: BLOSSOM AND DELILAH ARRIVE IN ALPINE

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 27, 2011 (Alpine) – Blossom and Delilah, two bears rescued from a closed zoo in Oklahoma have arrived at their new home at Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine.

 

The animals were destined to be sold to a game ranch where they could be hunted and killed if not for the intervention of Bobbi Brink, owner of LTB, a rescue facility in Alpine.

GREATER VISION FOR OUR REGION: PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT AT SEPT. 13 MEETING IN SANTEE

Aug 24, 2011 – A call to action has been sent out to all East County and San Diego residents by the San Diego Foundation to preserve and improve our beautiful city throughout the foreseeable future. “Our Greater San Diego Vision,” is an ambitious initiative aimed at getting the community involved in preserving the San Diego way of life for the next generations.

 

EL CAJON POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION CREATES DONATION FUND FOR WOUNDED OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM'S FAMILY

 

Officer Faces a Difficult Recovery after Sustaining a Gunshot Wound to the Head

August 23, 2011 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Police Officers’ Association (ECPOA) has opened a benefit account for wounded El Cajon Police Officer Jarred Slocum and his family. Officer Slocum is in critical but stable condition after receiving a gunshot wound to the head during a shootout on August 21st.  A press release issued by the ECPOA describes Slocum, 28, as a "loving father" of two young children and reveals that his wife is expecting a third child.

 

The ECPOA seeks community donations to assist the Slocum family during this tragic time.

STONEY’S KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY AUGUST 25


Annual Fundraising Event to Benefit East County Youth

 

August 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Stoney’s Kids is celebrating the 20th anniversary of a “Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser Like No Other.” You’re invited to join in supporting East County youth programs onr August 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the lawn under the stars at Sycuan Resort.

TRIANGLE CLUB AT WYNOLA PIZZA EXPRESS AUG. 23

 

 

August 20, 2011 (Julian) -- The Julian Triangle Club will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, August 23rd, at Wynola Pizza Express, between 5-8 p.m.  Music will be provided from 6-8 p.m. by the “Gory Dayz” combo.   

LAKESIDE CHRISTIAN HELP CENTER PASSES OUT BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES

 


 
August 20, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Christian Help Center has passed out brand new backpacks and school supplies to over 300 Lakeside students.  Children in local schools also received new socks and underwear.
 
“Local supporters and about 20 volunteers made this year's event amazing for the children!,” said Sherri Hurst, a community volunteer.
 

 

 
 

THERAPY DOG TRAINING IN BLOSSOM VALLEY

August 14, 2011 (Blossom Valley) – Does your dog have what it takes to become a therapy dog, comforting patients in hospitals and other special settings?

 

“Any dog can become a therapy dog if the owner has time and commitment to do the work,” says Cate Sacks at Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs in Blossmon Valley.

BENEFIT TONIGHT IN SAN DIEGO TO HELP STARVING PEOPLE IN SOMALIA

 

August 12, 2011 (San Diego) -- Somali Youth League of San Diego in collaboration with the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA), will be hosting a benefit dinner tonight to help address the urgent humanitarian needs in Southern Somalia, where millions of people are in need of immediate help due to severe drought.

 

The dinner will be held at the East African Community and Cultural Center located at 4061 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92015 from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $45 at the door, or $40 with advance reservation. Donations are welcome even if you can't attend.

SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION MOURNS LOSS OF JEREMY HENWOOD, KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY

 

Donations to a trust fund for fallen officer’s family can be made through SDPOA Charity Fund

 

Aug. 8, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA) has issued a statement of condolences over the loss of Officer Jeremy Henwood, who was shot in the line of duty August 6 and passed away early yesterday. He is the second San Diego Police Department officer killed in the line of duty in less than a year.

 

“We are saddened by this senseless and cowardly act that has taken away a true hero,” said Brian R. Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association.

LOCAL PAGEANTS TO HOLD 3RD ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER AUGUST 14

August 5, 2011 (La Mesa)--The Miss San Diego Cities, Miss San Diego, Miss Greater San Diego, Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee pageants are teaming up to hold the third annual Fashion Show Fundraiser “Rockin’ SD County Fashion” benefiting all of the pageant’s scholarship funds.

LUCKY SHELTER DOG GETS THE HELP OF LA MESA DOG TRAINERS

August 5, 2011 (La Mesa, CA) -- It was less then two months ago that Mocha, a five-year-old terrier blend sat and waited in a kennel the County Animal Shelter in Bonita waiting for her forever home. She was relinquished by her owners like many dogs who are affected by the tough economic times. Tomorrow night when the curtain closes on the Broadway musical Annie at the Moonlight Theater the young terrier is now a well trained star, far from the dog with anxiety who waited and waited for someone to consider adopting her.

NAVY REPLACES FLAG STOLEN FROM SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN IN SCRIPPS RANCH


July 25, 2011 (Scripps Ranch)—Each Fourth of July for the past 12 years, Sheriff’s Homicide Captain Tim Curran and his wife, Debby, have displayed a flag the size of a two-car garage at their Scripps Ranch home. But on July 5, the flag was stolen and Debby was injured as the thief made a getaway.

 

The story drew national attention. While the crime remains unsolved, this morning the Currans received a new flag from the Captain and Command Staff of the U.S.S. Sterett aboard the guided destroyer at the Naval Air Base.

ALPINE EQUESTRIAN CENTER NOW ACCEPTING NONAMBULATORY CHILDREN

July 22, 2011 (San Diego's East County)-- Now there's good news for parents of nonambulatory special needs children. Only a month ago, Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy had to limit its services to ambulatory children, but now, because of two new, trained, wonderful volunteers, Dream Rider can offer equine assisted activities to all special needs children, including those who cannot walk or mount a horse on their own.

5K AND JUNIOR FUN RUN AT SANTEE LAKES -- LAP THE LAKES ON SEPTEMBER 25TH


 

 July 15, 2011, (Santee) -- Participate in a refreshing morning sprint, or a leisurely jog close to nature around the beautiful Santee Lakes at the annual "Lap the Lakes" 5K fun run on September 25th.

RAMONA RESIDENT MONTY BELL RECEIVES STATE AWARD FOR SEARCH & RESCUE

 
 
July 13, 2011 (Ramona) – Monty Bell, who has dedicated over 15 years to Search and Rescue efforts locally, was honored with a statewide award presented at the National Association for Search & Rescue in Reno, Nevada. Raised in Rancho Bernardo, Bell has lived in Poway and currently resides in Ramona. 
 
 
“Monty Bell has done an outstanding job in taking active SAR leadership roles as a professional volunteer for the citizens of San Diego County as well as the entire State of California by dedicating his time and expertise to the profession of Search and Rescue,” said Matt Scharper, deputy chief of the California Emergency Management Association Law Enforcement division. "
 

HALF A MILLION GO HUNGRY IN SAN DIEGO: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

by Miriam Raftery

July 10, 2011 (San Diego)--“Hunger is at record levels here in San Diego,” John Lucero Criswell with the San Diego Hunger Coalition told members of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce during a breakfast Friday at Mission Trails Regional Park.

 

Three food banks distribute 31 million pounds of food a year to the needy in our region, but demand has increased 10% in the past year as more people lose jobs and fall into poverty.

EAST COUNTY VONS STORE NAMED TOP FUNDRAISER BY EASTER SEALS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 Santee Store Yields Top Total in Charity Campaign for People with Disabilities 

 

June 28, 2011 (Santee) -- The Santee Vons store was named a top fundraising store by Easter Seals during Safeway Inc.’s charity campaign to benefit people with disabilities in April.  The Santee store achieved the highest fundraising total in its district.

PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT WINS AWARDS FOR MOUNTAIN TOP RESERVOIR RETROFIT PROJECT

 
 
 
 
 
June 28, 2011 (Padre Dam) -- Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Mountain Top Reservoir Retrofit Project recently received the 2010 Project of the Year Award from the San Diego & Imperial County chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the 2010 Award of Merit in Water Treatment by the San Diego Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
 

 
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